I recently heard a news commentator use the expression “mainstreaming madness” in reference to the frightening rise in right-wing extremists in our country. Yes, we saw on Jan. 6 a large and violent crowd of madness, carrying signs advocating white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and “stop the steal,” violate our Capitol, cause murder and mayhem, and threaten to execute the vice president.

This group of people was encouraged and inspired by Donald Trump, collaborating with right-wing extremists’ groups. If that were not devastating enough, we are now becoming painfully aware of certain members of the House of Representatives, who are also advocating violence.

Specifically, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, suggested a bullet to the head would be the best way to get rid of the speaker of the House.

Leaders in Congress are now having to explore stiffer security measures to protect members of Congress from other members. The FBI has announced its investigation of the possible connection between certain members of Congress and the rioters of Jan. 6.

Are we in America? Can this madness really be happening? Republicans in the House of Representatives must address this problem and take action against the extremists.

Join me in contacting Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Republican House minority leader, and asking for action. Also, contact our Maine delegation in the House, Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree for their support.

Margaret Lane


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